Let's Lose It Lubbock: Week 8 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/8/07

Let's Lose It Lubbock: Week 8

It's week eight in our challenge, "Let's Lose It Lubbock," and this time we had a great crowd.

Maybe because it was time for "our little family" of Weight Watchers to enjoy some fine dining together. Weight Watchers Week 8 and except for Eddie, who was in Washington lobbying for Lubbock, all our community guests were here this time to weigh in, most who stepped on the scales were smiling about their progress, but some chalked it up to a learning experience. That was the message at our meeting this week, that we can at least try healthy options on a menu, because low-fat doesn't mean it doesn't taste good.

"We want to introduce you to Greg Mathews. He is representing Applebees," said Teena Beedles. Greg told our group that Applebees restaurant is a Weight Watcher partner since 2004, providing a menu of 10 choices, real meals that are high on taste but low in points.

"We have an appetizer. We have french onion soup. We have a chicken tortilla melt and all these meat point values that our Weight Watcher people are looking for," said Greg.  

That was one of the healthy menu items revealed to our group. As the foil was peeled back and the points were posted, everybody lined up to try low-fat options that they might not have ordered if they had to pay for dinner. You see the Applebees research team has learned to cook the way most of us should try cooking at home with olive oil and fat substitutes in some recipes.

"It couldn't be deity, cause it looks too good," said Nancy Sharp.

"When you joined the group, did you ever think you would be eating this well and still losing weight?" said Teena.

We learned  that we can balance eating out with simple meals at home like soup. All that stuff we grew up on is still good for us grown-ups.

So how much weight did our group lose this time? 21.2 pounds!  

A few got special recognition. In just eight weeks, Denise has dropped 10 percent of her weight. Debbie is also a new member of the 10 percent club, but the biggest loser is Diane who has lost more than 20 pounds and she says people are beginning to notice.

"I went to the cleaners, and the lady made me get out of the car and show her how much weight I have lost," said Dianne. 

"This is our ladder of success. We're figuring out that we can do things that we didn't think we could do before, and that is a great accomplishment in eight weeks. Let's give her a big hand," said Teena.

This is the one place we want to be a big loser.

Let's Lose It Lubbock
It's estimated that half the people in America make the same New Year's resolution to eat healthy and lose weight. So, NewsChannel 11 decided to kick-off the year with a challenge called "Let's Lose It Lubbock."

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